Dr. Bill Hartmann, Executive Director
Dr. Bill Hartmann graduated from the University of Minnesota, College of Veterinary Medicine in 1978. After four years in practice, he returned to the University of Minnesota where he completed a pathology residency in the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and received his Master’s Degree in Veterinary Anatomic Pathology. He joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Veterinary Services as a Veterinary Medical Officer in 1985.
In 1988, he joined the Minnesota Board of Animal Health as a Senior Veterinarian in charge of ruminant disease programs. Hartmann was appointed Minnesota Board of Animal Health Executive Director and State Veterinarian in 2001. Under his direction, the Board has detected and fought against diseases such as Chronic Wasting Disease, avian influenza, and bovine tuberculosis (TB).
Since TB was found in Minnesota beef cattle in 2005, Dr. Hartmann has worked with producers, veterinarians, stakeholders, and other agencies to eradicate the disease and regain a TB-Free status for the entire state. The Board has been commended for their swift and efficient response to ensure a safe, healthy, and thriving cattle industry in Minnesota.
Throughout his years as a veterinarian, Dr. Hartmann has been an active member of the United States Animal Health Association. He was the chair of the Johne’s Disease Committee for five years and currently chairs the Tuberculosis Committee. He also serves on the organization’s Executive Committee.